Day 3 Izmir and Ephesus

Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 3 and we are on the road. We got up early and met Mehmet at 6:20 with our luggage. We boarded our van and went to the airport. Our flight departed at 7:30 and landed at Izmir at 8:15. Izmir is the 3rd largest city in Turkey. We met our local guide, got on our new van and left for Ephesus. We stopped along the way for breakfast and we had a nice selection including fresh local peaches.
We notice a difference in climate in Ephesus- very hot. When we arrive we realize that the entire 2hr tour is outside. We scrambled for hats and sunblock.
We began our tour expecting a few ruins and stones but were shocked to see a whole Greek/Roman city dating from the 3rd century BC. A spectacular sight. We strolled through the entire complex viewing everything from Main Street to the library to the 25,000 seat amphitheater. Truly awesome, the largest archeological site in the world!
Next up was a short trip to a pottery factory where we saw a demonstration of pottery making,drying,and painting. Shirley tried her hand at forming a small vase and did a great job. Several folks bought pieces and had them shipped home. We stopped for a light lunch at a nearby country restaurant and noticed that in this part of the country the focus was on veggies rather than meat (ala Istanbul).
We then travelled 4 miles southwest to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Mary travelled to Ephesus with St. John and died in this house which is the site of many pilgrimages.
We said goodbye to our guide and made the 3 hr drive to Denizili.
We arrived at the Demasuss Hotel, had dinner on the 7th (top floor), and took an after-dinner walk in town
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Judy on

The ruins are amazing, and the food looks delicious! Thanks for the great pictures.

Bette Ann on

Didn't realize there was so much history about the Virgin Mary in turkey. Wow! Beautiful scenery there !

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